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. the congressional budget office figures the deficit will come in at $845 billion this year, the first deficit under $1 trillion since 2008. that's projected to fall to $430 billion in 2015; that's about 2.4% of g.d.p. but the public debt is projected to hit 77% of the economy by 2023. >> countries that find themselves with very high debt to g.d.p. and then encounter economic problems or international circumstances to which they need to respond really find themselves in very bad and dangerous circumstances. >> reporter: so the budget trade-off remains: balancing near-term economic pain against long-term gain. darren gersh, "n.b.r.," washington. >> tom: a trio of companies relying on consumers had some mixed financial results late today but were greeted with mostly encouraging reactions with their stocks. we will have details from restaurants panera bread and chipotle mexican grill in a moment. but first, disney. while earnings per share were down from a year ago, they were better than estimates. tuna amobi covers disney for s&p capital i.q. take us through some of the details and really the mix of i
is once again pushing for a big deal to reduce the deficit. in a preview of the themes he'll lay out in next week's state of the union address, the president told house democrats today he'd press for a big agenda covering everything from fairness, and jobs to deficits and debt. darren gersh has more. >> reporter: with just a few weeks to go before automatic across the board spending cuts kick in, the president told fellow democrats his state of the union address next week will call for a change in course. >> i am prepared, eager and anxious to do a big deal, a big package, that ends this governance by crisis where every two weeks, or every two months, or every six months, we are threatening this hard-won recovery. >> reporter: republicans may not applaud during that part of the speech. they've blasted the president for offering symbolic solutions like a tax on corporate airplanes that would raise enough money to cover one month week of the automatic spending cuts know collectively as the sequester. given the stand off, analysts now predict the sequester will take effect as planned on
to get some handle on the deficit problem going forward. >> you're part of the fix the debt organization trying to get congress to concentrate on entitlement reform. you have said in that capacity, in the end we're going to have to eliminate some programs. could some health care programs be included in that? >> both parties realize that they have to reorganize not simply cut deeply these entitlement programs. they serve a population that's very vulnerable. you have to be careful about shifting costs because they affect poor people and old people and disabled people in very different ways than they do the rest of us who have somewhat growing incomes. >> big transformation from the health care reform law really is next year in 2014, with the individual mandates and the state health exchanges to try to expand the coverage. 23 states have instead said that they want the federal government to run those exchanges. is that good participation? >> some of this may be transitional, to be fair to the states. they're taking on the medicaid population, which is their platform that they know a lot abo
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